It was a tough book to finish not because it wasn’t good but because I was having self doubts. “Can I do this?”; “This sound so easy but its surely not!” Those were some of my thoughts as I was reading this book.
"Without trust, you have nothing. Trust is the single most important factor in personal and professional relationship. It is the glue that holds people together. Trust comes from others only when you exemplify solid character." "People won't trust you if they see that you are driven by ego, jealousy or the belief that you are better than they are.""The service we render to others is really the rent we pay for our room on this earth" - Missionary - Physician Sir Wilfred T. Grenfell
Influencing people to do something is a thing I know I’m not good at or should I say, have not mastered just yet. It’s a loophole in my leadership skill that I have yet to fill in and the very same reason why I bought this book.
When self doubt started to cripple me again because of this book, I need to get away from it for a while and re-evaluate myself – on how I deal with people, difficulties, problems and decision making. I have to put myself out there again and see what I’m capable of doing. Suspending reading it for awhile until I know I can come up with a game plan.
"Goal of influence is not manipulation; its participation. Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give them power" - Abraham Lincoln. "People are influenced most by those who make them feel the best about themselves." "Most people will do nearly anything for you if you treat them respectfully." "Always remember that your goal is not to get people think more highly of you, it's to get them to think more highly of themselves."
The book was so bold and intense that it can create self doubt but at the same time, ignites self evaluation and self reflection. It will also let you realize the good deeds you’ve come to do and so with the things you lack. It tackles the very reason why I also lead people – to create more leaders in the future. Zell, my former boss and lead was the one who introduced this notion to me and since then, I never stopped looking for future leaders. He was indeed that leader that has influenced me on how I think today.
As you read this book too, you’d think of your previous bosses and leaders that made an impact to your life.
Before reading this, make sure you are prepared to put it in action. It was overwhelming but we can do it, one simple step at a time.
"Nobody cares how much you know until he knows how much you care." "People who try to do everything alone often get themselves into trouble." "Everybody has problems and successful people face more problems than unsuccessful people." "The size of the person's confidence and the quality of their attitude are more important than the size of any problem they may face." "Once problem solving becomes a habit, no challenge seems to be too large." "People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges."
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